Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid

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Wow your guests at your next game day party with this easy Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid! Super easy to make with minimal ingredients and prep time but high on flavor!

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Isn’t it amazing how time flies. As a food blogger I feel like I just posted game day and valentine’s day recipes and now it’s time to post them again. The cycle just keeps repeating itself super quickly. While the valentines day recipes can wait for a bit, it’s definitely time to share some game day recipe with you guys.

For game day party, I am all about appetizers which can be made quickly, taste great and are perfect for entertaining. Food on such days should always be quick so that you can spend more time watching the game with your friends. Agree? And I have got just the perfect recipe for you guys! This Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid couldn’t be simpler to make using store bought puff pastry and Idaho Spuds Mashed Potato.

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Everyone loves potato and that’s why they are universally loved. I have noticed that there’s at least one potato classic recipe in all different cuisines worldwide. Isn’t it? Like in India we have aloo tikki (amongst many others!) , gnocchi in Italy, french fries everywhere and so on. Mashed potatoes are extremely popular in the US and for all the right reasons. Idaho Spuds mashed potatoes are my favorite because you get the best tasting mashed potato without sacrificing quality and time. It’s a win win situation!

They come in various flavors but my favorite is the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and that is what I have used in this puff pastry braid.

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To make this mashed potato puff pastry braid, all you need is 4 basic ingredients – puff pastry sheet, Idaho Spuds roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cheese and rosemary. Making the braid isn’t difficult at all and the step by step pictures will guide you through the process. So Go Big on Game Day with this mashed potato puff pastry braid. It’s full of potato and cheese and a definite crowd pleaser.

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Method

* Pre heat oven to 400 F degrees.

Boil water and prepare the Idaho Spuds mashed potatoes according to instructions on the package.

Transfer mashed potatoes to a bowl and add 1/3 cup Italian cheese blend, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix everything till well combined.

On a lightly floured surface, unroll your thawed puff pastry sheet and roll into 9.5″ X 9.5″ square.

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Now divide the sheet into three parts, 3.25″ – left, 3″ – middle and 3.25″ – right. Leave 0.75″ top & bottom and in between make 9 cuts 0.8″ apart on both left & right sides.

Put the prepared mashed potatoes mix over the middle portion of the sheet. Now starting at one end, fold the pastry strips over the potato filling. Alternate sides while making the braid and stretch gently if needed to cover the filling.

Prepare the egg wash by mixing the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Using a pastry brush, apply the egg wash all over the braid.

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Bake at 400 F degrees for 20-25 minutes or till the braid is nice golden in color. Remove from oven, slice and serve!

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* Adjust the cheese in the recipe to taste. You can add more of it to make the braid more cheesy!

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Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid

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Serves: 4

Vegetarian Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid for easy entertaining at your next game day party!
Ingredients
  • 1 puff pastry sheet [9x9], thawed
  • ½ cup Idaho Spuds Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ⅓ cup Italian cheese blend, I used a mix of mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, romano & asiago
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Boil water and prepare the Idaho Spuds mashed potatoes according to instructions on the package.
  3. Transfer mashed potatoes to a bowl and add ⅓ cup Italian cheese blend, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix everything till well combined.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, unroll your thawed puff pastry sheet and roll into 9.5" X 9.5" square.
  5. Now divide the sheet into three parts, 3.25" - left, 3" - middle and 3.25" - right. Leave 0.75" top & bottom and in between make 9 cuts 0.8" apart on both left & right sides.
  6. Put the prepared mashed potatoes mix over the middle portion of the sheet.
  7. Now starting at one end, fold the pastry strips over the potato filling. Alternate sides while making the braid and stretch gently if needed to cover the filling.
  8. Prepare the egg wash by mixing the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Using a pastry brush, apply the egg wash all over the braid
  9. Bake at 400 F degrees for 20-25 minutes or till the braid is nice golden in color.
  10. Remove from oven, slice and serve!

Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid

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20 thoughts on “Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid

  1. I love me some mashed potatoes! (That Roasted Garlic flavor sounds like it’s right up my alley, too.) But then folding those mashed potatoes into a puff pastry braid? Heck yeah! That is perfect gameday food right there. In fact, the college football championship is tonight…maybe I’ll have to run to the store so I can make this one for dinner! 🙂

  2. The garlic flavor is my favorite type of Idaho Spuds – we’ve been having them a few times a week for Winter comfort food! I love that you included them in a puff pastry recipe, it looks great!

  3. I can’t believe it’s almost mid January already too. You make the prettiest puff pastry, Manali! Filling the braid with mashed potato is so creative and would be awesome for game day!

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